England and Bangladesh kick-off a two-Test series in the early hours of Thursday morning (GMT).
An interesting game ahead as Bangladesh entertain England for the first Test in Chittagong, where the visiting side enjoyed a comfortable win on their last visit. Skipper Cook scored 173, along with now coach Paul Collingwood 145 starred with the bat resulting in a 181 run victory. Contributions of note included 10 wickets in the match for Swann and 12 of the 13 wickets Bangladesh claimed came from their spinners. Following a similar trend, the last Test match to be played here was a drawn game with South Africa where again spin dominated the bowling. With this in mind, an investment on the top bowler markets are to be advised.
Adil Rashid, at 7/2 to be top England bowler, looks a good place to start with these markets. He impressed in the ODI’s and despite a Bangladeshi squad (and domestic game for that matter) packed with spinners, a genuine wrist spinner on these decks are always likely. Depending on the make up of the team, the 11/2 about Moeen Ali looks a very big price for the frontline spinner, though I would be cautious investing if he is one of three spinners, which is likely. As usual for Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan looks a big threat at 4/1. He is yet to fire in since England arrived, though his 4 for in the game mentioned previously gives him good pedigree to be the top Bangaldesh bowler.
The home side will pack their team with spin and have it in them to out bowl England, especially considering the inexperience in the conditions of the tourists spinners. An ongoing selection dilemma at the top of the order and a less than convincing display by Cook’s men in the warm up game are big enough justifications for an investment on Bangladesh to win, especially at the massive price of 13/2.